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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.74x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 5 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 3.3 f-stops better
Lens availability More lenses available 123 lenses vs 82 lenses
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50% more lenses available
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 124 ms vs 183 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 24 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Size Smaller 143x104x81 mm vs 156x117x82 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight Lighter 732 g vs 895 g
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Around 20% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price Cheaper $1,199.00 vs $2,699.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,500 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 3.2" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A900

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 3100 ms
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6.2x less delay when turning on
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,431 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The DSLR-A900 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Battery life Longer battery life 880 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.74x vs 0.72x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 79.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              SLT A77:0.72x
              DSLR-A900:0.74x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              SLT A77:24 MP
              DSLR-A900:24.4 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              SLT A77:123 lenses
              DSLR-A900:82 lenses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              SLT A77:25,600 ISO
              DSLR-A900:6,400 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SLT A77:530 shots
              DSLR-A900:880 shots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SLT A77:801 ISO
              DSLR-A900:1,431 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SLT A77:78.0
              DSLR-A900:79.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,150 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,098 body only

              $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $2,298 - $2,299 body only

              $3,196 - $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $690 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,199 - $2,731 body only

              $2,889 - $3,699 with 24-105mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $798 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,200 body only

              Live view Has live view
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              True resolution Much lower true resolution

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              DanO (2:32 AM, December 17, 2011)
              Today is 16 December 2011 and the A77 is nowhere to be found. The few that were sold all have mixed reviews. Even the positive reviews from the Sony website read with negative perspectives. NEX7 is the only Sony camera to be found in very few numbers. The A900 remains as the only good Sony camera that can actually be purchased. As such, it's markedly overpriced for a product that is three years old and out of production!